Kane County Seeks New Recycling Coordinator

Kane County Seeks New Recycling Coordinator

After 10 years of service to recycling programs in Kane County, Kane County’s Recycling Program Coordinator Jennifer Jarland has announced she will be leaving in January of 2022 .

Jarland’s departure means the Kane County Division of Environmental and Water Resources will be seeking a top-notch recycling coordinator to fill some big shoes.

The Recycling Coordinator listing is now posted on the Kane County Employment page of the county’s website. The salary range is $50,000 to $75,000.

Kane County’s recycling program coordinator manages county programs for the recycling of electronics, books, clothing, household hazardous waste and other harder-to recycle materials. Responsibilities also include supporting implementation of the county’s sustainability plan.

The role includes management of programs (including year-round recycling centers), execution of public events, communications, public presentations, website updates, creation of educational publications, public response, contract management, and oversite of one curbside contract in unincorporated county.

Industry knowledge is a big plus. Program management experience and written/verbal communication skills are required. Experience in event management will count in your favor.

Please look for the Recycling Coordinator listing on the Kane County Employment page. Position is open until filled, but applicants are encouraged to act quickly.

Please go to www.countyofkane.org under the “Employment” tab to complete the online application and upload your cover letter, resume and references. Qualifying applicants must submit to a criminal background check.

“Keep your eyes open for an article on all of the great recycling efforts made by Kane County residents during the last decade, to be published in December,” Jarland said. “In the meantime, please help us spread the word on this awesome opportunity for  a career in the environmental and recycling field.”

General Summary

Responsible for development of recycling and sustainable materials management programs in accordance with the County Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Plan, to advance levels of recycling and waste reduction in public and private sectors within the County, as required by state mandate (415 ILCS 15/6), and in accordance with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s 2021 Illinois Materials Management Advisory Committee Report to the General Assembly (July 1, 2021).

Background in Sustainability Plan implementation to work collaboratively with the Kane County Resource Management Coordinator on sustainable projects (solar, building efficiency/energy use, LEED, public education and outreach.)


  1. Manage, implement and update the Kane County Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Plan upon each five-year mandatory update period.
  2. Develop and maintain public programs to properly manage special materials, including but not limited to electronics, clothing & textiles, books, paint, confidential documents, fluorescent tubes and household hazardous waste. This includes overseeing several public year-round recycling centers managed by a contracted collector/recycler.
  3. Plan and conduct a number of large-scale public collection events held on Saturday mornings, for hard to recycle materials such as latex paint, aerosol products, confidential document shredding, and other materials.
  4. Direct public information and education outreach to encourage recycling activities, including public response via phone and email enquiries; maintain and update the Kane County Recycles webpage; write and publish the annual Kane County Recycles Green Guide; provide public presentations online or in person; publish scheduled articles in Kane County Connects; and develop programs and educational material for various audiences.
  5. Manage duties assigned by the Kane County Waste Hauler Licensing Ordinance, including issuance of annual licenses, collection of annual solid waste and recycling volume data, and enforcement.
  6. Manage the Mill Creek SSA waste and recycling hauler contract, including solicitation, selection, and ongoing management of contractor.
  7. Administrative duties that include but are not limited to: report to Energy & Environmental Committee and County Board; data collection, program tracking, budget tracking; prepare Requests for Proposals, resolutions, and manage ongoing contracts; and process invoices and deposits associated with all programs.
  8. Coordinate, manage and promote internal recycling program for County facilities and operations, including but not limited to: liaise with county waste hauler to maximize efficiency, manage costs and perform periodic waste audits; internal office battery recycling program; surplus exchange program; green purchasing; update and maintain recycling bins, placement and posters; and include a recycling component in the orientation for new hires.
  9. Assist municipalities, townships, private industry and other groups with the planning and implementation of recycling programs. One example of this is the compost bin sale coordinated in partnership with the Conservation Foundation.
  10. Liaise with state-wide materials management groups and associations to stay up to date on trends and program best practices.
  11. Collaborate with Kane County Resource Management Coordinator on sustainability programs and projects.

Other duties as assigned by Director.


  1. Knowledge of Federal, State, and Local laws, regulations, and ordinances pertaining to solid waste planning, materials management, and recycling.
  2. Knowledge of solid waste collection and disposal technology including recyclable material collection and compost operations.
  3. Knowledge of planning, organizing, monitoring, and evaluating practices applied to solid waste and sustainable materials management.
  4. Knowledge of Sustainability practices and project implementation.
  5. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  6. Considerable skill in approaching and working with and within local governments and other organizations.
  7. Ability to anticipate and develop programmable responses to public demand for services.
  8. Requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Studies, Business, or Public Administration, Planning, or related field.
  9. Three-years experience in municipal, community, or regional programs with emphasis on environmental planning and/or materials management.


Sitting, talking, hearing, and vision are required about 75% of the time.  Standing, walking, and reaching are required about 25% of the time.  High levels of lifting and carrying are required in occasional situations.


Computer (PC – Microsoft Office), printer/copier, telephone, laptop, projector, camera, automobile. 

​Reports to:  Jodie L. Wollnik, P.E., Director of the Kane County Environmental and Water Resources Department 

Directs Work of:  interns, volunteers, contractors; no management of other county staff

SOURCE: Kane County Recycles